Legendary Digital Networks Pulls Chris Hardwick References Amid Accusations

Legendary Digital Network has pulled any/all references to Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick after accusations of abuse were brought forth by a former partner and colleague of the media personality.

Legendary Digital Networks Pulls Chris Hardwick References Amid Accusations

Actress and social media personality Chloe Dykstra wrote in a lengthy and brave op-ed piece on Medium about her experiences with a former boyfriend, and she goes to great pains to not name the "20 years her senior" partner. Through process of elimination and mutual friends, it stands to reason she means Hardwick in her heartbreaking account of what her relationship with him was like.

There are claims and accusations of severe mental and situational abuse, so, trigger warnings most definitely apply before you read the piece, which you can do here.

A Legendary spokesperson said in statement on Friday:

"Chris Hardwick had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017. He no longer has any affiliation with Legendary Digital Networks. The company has removed all reference to Mr. Hardwick even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation."

This comes after several writers for the outlet have posted on various forms of social media their plans to leave the Nerdist organization.

We've reached out to Chloe, but understandably she will be taking time away from social media.

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Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

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